Remembering Sheena

Stop Animal Abuse in Malaysia.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Furry Friends Farm - A Dream Come True

It is with the greatest joy I announce the arrival of Furry Friends Farm (FFF) - a dream come true for all animal lovers and of course - for the animals themselves. Seven members who have been great supporters of RSC and animal welfare and myself went to the farm on November 18.















Here we are in the pix above (from left to right) - Davina Goh, Raihana Souket Ali, (sorry skip the lady with sunglasses on the front of her blouse and husband to her left. Can't remember their names. They came to adopt a dog and not part of our team), continue with Cynthia Hassan, Nick Josh Karean, Sabrina Yeap, Denise Pang and finally Uma Mahendran. The rest of the photos scattered over this blog were taken by me and Nick during the trip.


This farm is run by an elderly couple, Jimmy and his wife, Lucia with the help of Sabrina Yeap formerly animal abuse investigator with the SPCA Selangor. For years all of us have read about Sabrina's tireless work for animals. She is the one that urged the DVS to help Sheena the German Shepherd and carried her frail body out of the house where she was kept starving and tied up.















Now she has joined this elderly couple to help them run the Farm to turn it into a working farm and animal shelter for strays and abandoned pets.


Furry Friends Farm is not just any animal shelter. RSC is tired of seeing animal shelters that just vegetate in one place, waiting for a good Samaritan to bring in a stray only for them to euthanize the stray.

Such shelters seem to be very good at keeping a handful of animals for adoption and to pose for photos for the Press so that the public can keep donating more money to these shelters. There is nothing pro-active that they are doing. Hardly anything to stop abuse, nothing to educate the public and now they have even started charging good Samaritans for bringing in rescued animals.















Enough about these inactive shelters and let's talk about one that should be a model shelter - the Furry Friends Farm. It is unique for these reasons:

1. It has a no-kill policy for all animals.

2. It works with the Independent Pet Rescuers (IPR) who have kindly allowed FFF to have the animals from the shelter at their adoption booth on Saturdays at Plaza Damas, Sri Hartamas. FFF too helps out IPR by giving some of the rescued animals temporary shelter before finding loving homes for them. If you would like to adopt please also go to the Farm or go to www.rescue2rehome.blogspot.com

3. It aims to be self-sustaining by growing chillies, vegetables, producing their own neem and papaya shampoos and many other products to generate income that will go back into feeding and caring for the animals.

4. Sabrina is actively involved in educating the public through many programmes and media coverage. One such coverage was an article featured in Sin Chew in November on animal therapy programmes. The story was about two different people whose health were medically certified to have improved tremendously by caring for animals. Sabrina is hoping to educate the public more about this and a doctor from Hong Kong will be down to give additional training on this matter.

5. FFF engages the public to actively participate in animal welfare through its own programmes and through RSC's activities. FFF refuses to be a dumping ground for abandoned pets and strays and calls on every individual to take responsibility for their pets. If a person rescues a stray then help the work of FFF by spaying and then setting up for adoption through the method described in No.2 above. Please don't just dump animals at FFF without helping out in some way.

If everyone puts in a little bit of help, we will see a great change in Malaysian society. FFF has already paved the way.















Will you now lend a hand to these brave people (Jimmy, Lucia and Sabrina Yeap) who have dared to take this great leap for all animals?

11 Comments:

  • At 5:23 PM, Blogger Natasha said…

    Hi...

    The farm looks very nice. Wished I could have tagged along. Davina told me about the trip but I was going to be in Jakarta at the time for work.

    Anyway I hope things go well for the farm. I do understand that it can be very hard to get people to adopt the animals, and that we have too few shelters in the country.

    I have a puppy available for adoption with me too at the moment. Picked him up on the weekend. Poor thing was dirty and hungry and was also abused by some boys... He's in good spirits now... pictures and details on my blog if anyone's interested...

    http://www.cleopatrathelabrador.blogspot.com

     
  • At 2:13 PM, Blogger Shoba said…

    Hi Natasha,

    Please post your puppy's photo here

    www.rescue2rehome.blogspot.com. And also please make a booking to take your puppy to the Independent Pet Rescuers Booth at Plaza Damas Sri Hartamas every Saturday. They have a fairly good success rate at adoptions.

    Only they require the public to be more pro-active and participate in the adoption scheme because too many people are dumping animals on them and don't want to take any responsibility to help. They too are like us RSC - volunteers - so they really need the cooperation of the public.

    Thanks for your concern for the pup.

     
  • At 11:26 AM, Blogger @d :-> said…

    May i know where can i get more info regarding the Dr Dogs program?

     
  • At 10:46 AM, Blogger A.S. said…

    Hi Shoba,

    How to get to the farm? Where can we get the products produced by the farm? I could not adopt another dog at this moment, already having one at home. Town council do not allow to have 2 dogs at link house.

     
  • At 11:58 PM, Blogger Kathia said…

    Hi there,

    The pictures of the area you guys have is amazing! I can just imagine the animals having such joy with the space available.

    Just a quick suggestion for a pretty sure fire way for fund-raising. Perhaps you could open your 'farm' (certain sections of certain days) to the other dog owners to use as a dog park. Malaysia is such a difficult place to walk dogs. Not everyone lives in a grassy suburb and even then, it can sometimes be tough to get enough space for the dogs to roam.

    If you charge a token entrance fee, set rules like dog parks overseas do, I'm sure it would be a great and low cost way for you guys to generate income for your rescue and education programs.

    Just look at how popular the dogathon is. Not every dog owner and dog are there to participate in the activities, many are just there to enjoy the open space. I'm sure many would enjoy the space at this farm.

    I know I'll be the first one there as we live in a walk-unfriendly area.

     
  • At 10:30 AM, Blogger felicity said…

    Hi Sheena,
    Can we visit your farm and perhaps help with the land or cleaning etc. ????

     
  • At 8:27 AM, Blogger felicity said…

    did not hear anything from you guys! Jill said to contact you???

     
  • At 7:59 AM, Blogger Jack said…

    I need help. My unreasonable neighbour had a quarrel with me over my dog's fur saying that the fur flew to their compound. They claimed that my dog is old and that i should change my dog. I've this dog for 10 years and this male dog is just like a family member. Now my neighbour threatens to file a complaint with the Shah Alam authority. I stay in Bukit Rimau. You know how difficult it was to get a licence for this dog, which i managed to. I can be contacted at jackieyeoh@gmail.com

     
  • At 12:32 AM, Blogger HannYuJhin said…

    hey there, i have a small problem here. i took in a lost dog a few months ago and suddenly it gave birth to five puppies. now they are all 1month and 2weeks old and i fear for their safety as many people are disturbing every passing day.

    ive been looking high and low for a place which practices no kill policy and i finally found this site. Ill be keeping one of the puppies but thats the most i can manage as i dont have a large house compound.

    can you kindly provide me details on how to ensure these puppies will be given another shot at life?

    im at my wits end now with worry, can you please reply asap. you can leave a tag at thinktwicefirst.blogspot.com or send an email to eugene88gan@hotmail.com

    ill fully truely appreciate it.

    thanks in advance.

     
  • At 12:32 AM, Blogger HannYuJhin said…

    hey there, i have a small problem here. i took in a lost dog a few months ago and suddenly it gave birth to five puppies. now they are all 1month and 2weeks old and i fear for their safety as many people are disturbing every passing day.

    ive been looking high and low for a place which practices no kill policy and i finally found this site. Ill be keeping one of the puppies but thats the most i can manage as i dont have a large house compound.

    can you kindly provide me details on how to ensure these puppies will be given another shot at life?

    im at my wits end now with worry, can you please reply asap. you can leave a tag at thinktwicefirst.blogspot.com or send an email to eugene88gan@hotmail.com

    ill fully truely appreciate it.

    thanks in advance.

     
  • At 10:50 PM, Blogger Emily said…

    Hi,

    I would like to visit your farm. Could you pls provide me a map or direction. Hope to hear from you soonest.

    Thank you.

    Emily C.

     

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